These 5 Kenyan parliamentarians were stripped of their seats but survived by-elections and come back with a bang
Kenya has a history of leaders winning back their seats and so the same may apply to Keter.
Eldoret High Court judge George Kanyi Kimondo ruled that Keter's election was marred with irregularities and illegalities and did not meet the threshold of a free and fair.
Speaking shortly after the rulling, Mr. Keter accused the national government of being behind his woes and expressed confidence of reclaiming his seat.
“I know what is going on. I, Keter, am being fought a great war from above. I know it because I am fighting corruption in the government.
“I know there is a bigger plan, but God will guide us through. I am being fought because I am fighting corruption” Mr Keter said in his address to his supporters outside the court.
It is easy to see why Mr. Keter may be sure of retaining his seat, Kenya has a history of leaders winning back their seats and so the same may apply to Keter.
Here are five whom the courts stripped them of their seats but won the re-election with a land slide.
In 2011, a Kakamega court nullified the election of Ikolomani MP Boni Khalwale over irregularities during the 2007 General Election.
The petition had been filed by Bernard Shinali, one of the contestants in the 2007 election.
After the court ruling, the bull fighter as he likes to refer to himself hit the ground running and won his seat back after garnering 13,208 against his closest challenger Benard Masaka Shinali, who got 10,702.
Ali Chirau Mwakwere
Matuga Member of Parliament and Transport Minister, Chirau Mwakwere on Febreuary 2010 lost his parliamentary seat after Ayub Juma Mwakwesi moved to Mombasa Court to challenge his victory.
Justice Mohamed Ibrahim nullified the election after he found Mwakwere was illegally declared the winner.What followed next was an intensive door to door campaign by Mwakwere and three months later won back his seat by garnering a total of 16,350 votes.
Bungoma senator and Coalition of reforms and democracy (CORD) minority leader Moses Wetang’ula in 2013 lost his senatorial seat over voters’ bribery claims.
During the re-election, Mr. Wetangula running on a Ford Kenya party triumphed and garnered 149, 458 (63.73%) of the votes cast against his closest competitor Musikari Nazi Kombo who managed 81, 016 (34.54%).
Kibwezi West MP Patrick Musimba lost his seat after the High Court sitting in Machakos revoked his election following a successful petition by former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile.
During the by-election, Mr. Musimba retained his seat by garnering17,108 votes against Kalembe who got 16,928 votes.
Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru lost her parliamentary seat after a Kenya court ruled that she was not validly elected during the 2007 general election.
Petitioner Maina Kamanda, had moved to court to challenge Wanjiru’s win and even requested the court to declare him the validly elected Starehe MP, a request Justice Kihara declined to grant and called for a by-election.
A by-election was held on September 20, 2010 and Wanjiru floored Kamanda and retained her seat.
JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!
Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or: